Part of speech: noun

The act of lamenting; a wailing cry.

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Usage examples "lamentation":

  1. From the whole city went up a din of lamentation, and wrath, and foreboding. - "Historical Romances: Under the Red Robe, Count Hannibal, A Gentleman of France", Stanley J. Weyman.
  2. The fear of the French rule produced universal lamentation. - "The Life and Times of Ulric Zwingli", Johann Hottinger.
  3. Wild and dreary as the country is, the mass of forest is gradually receding, and occasionally some solitary tree is left standing, throwing out its wide arms, and appearing as if in lamentation at its separation from its companions, with whom for centuries it had been in close fellowship. - "Diary in America, Series One", Frederick Marryat (AKA Captain Marryat).